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After three years of community mobilization and advocacy efforts, the School Board of Broward County unanimously passed one of the most comprehensive sexual health education policies in the nation!

And young people were at the center of those efforts. Join them in saying “Thank You” to the School Board of Broward County for supporting comprehensive sexual health education!

Congratulations to the Broward County Youth Council for all their hard work in making sure that young people have access to the resources and education they need to make healthy decisions …

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While I was in high school, I got into my first serious relationship. Before I even realized what was happening, I found myself in an emotionally abusive situation I sometimes wonder, if maybe my school had actually answered my questions about same sex relationships instead of giving me blank stares and “you’re going to hell” rants, if I could’ve picked out the red flags.

Luckily, a teacher went out of their way and taught me that a healthy relationship has both consent and respect. This information and the support …

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UPDATE:  VICTORY!  Last week, James and other activists in Texas met with their policy makers to protest the Zedler 1 anti-gay amendment, including delivering your signatures in person to Texas’ legislature.  And on Thursday 4/4, the amendment was withdrawn.  We got them off our backpacks and funding for the centers is safe.  Great job!

This is a featured post from Texas Freedom Network Student Chapter President James Lee!

My name is James Lee and growing up in Rio Grande Valley Texas, I was taught that being gay was wrong. I …

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In Florida, young people are working to make comprehensive sex education a reality in their state. The Broward County Youth Council, a project of Advocates for Youth and Planned Parenthood of South Florida and the Treasure Coast, leads the work of a statewide youth activist network that advocates for comprehensive sexual health education.  Here’s a picture of some of the council members at the 2012 Urban Retreat!

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Since April is GYT month, I have been talking to some friends and informing others to go get their selves tested, but I’ve noticed that they don’t really care. They either say, “I’m safe, I don’t catch STD’S, it’ll never happen to me…” or they just laugh at me and say no or call me “mom”. I don’t get it.

If only teens actually realized the importance of getting tested and being safe now, it would make such a big difference in the U.S being known as one of the top countries with the …

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Since I’ve started my activism, and met my BCYC coordinator, my goal has been to attend Wellesley College.

Why?

After all the research I’ve done to see if this school truly is right for me, I’ve come to the conclusion that yes, this college is perfect for me. Not only does it have a relaxing environment, but it has the major I’m currently interested in, which is economics and political science. I have my heart set to this school, I’d probably enter depression if I were to not get …

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Meeting the President has by far been one of the most enlightening moments of my life. From chatting up with the secret service to networking with tons of awesome people, I truly enjoyed myself! Throughout his speech, President Obama stressed the importance of gaining a higher education. Through his story I think we all can learn that we can do whatever it is that we put our mind to. I find it ridiculous that almost half of the nations students fail to submit a FAFSA (Free Application for Federal …

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After waiting in the HOT, Florida sun for hours and then standing and waiting impatiently  inside a cramped high school auditorium… the moment me and my fellow Planned Parenthood supporters (along with a swarm of hundreds of other excited individuals ) had been waiting for had finally arrived. The President of the United States had graced us all with his presence. Mr. Obama addressed something very important when it came to making college affordable  for everyone. He talked about the Free Application for Federal Student Aid a.k.a FAFSA!

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This past Friday I was privileged to see President Barack Obama speak at Coral Reef High School. It was truly an honor to be up close and personal with the nation’s 44th president. He visited South Florida to speak with the senior class at Coral Reef High School about the options that they have for continued education. President Obama and his wife strongly advocate for students to be able to obtain a higher education. Applying for the Free Application for Federal Student Aid or FAFSA was stressed throughout the president’s speech. He explained …